NRJ (Canada)

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NRJ
Type Radio network
Country Canada
Availability Quebec
Slogan La radio de tous les hits
Owner Bell Media Radio
(Bell Media)
Launch date
1988
Former names
Énergie (1988-2009)
Official website
www.radionrj.ca

NRJ (previously known as énergie) is the Canadian version of the French NRJ. NRJ Canada is a network of French-language contemporary hit radio outlets broadcasting throughout the province of Quebec and portions of eastern Ontario, in Eastern Canada. They offer a personality-driven mix of francophone and anglophone pop hits and cutting-edge programs, catering to a young adult audience. Although the flagship station is CKMF-FM Montreal, the 10 stations in the network usually have their own talent for each of their own markets. They are owned by Bell Media.

History[edit]

In December 1988, Énergie was created.

In 2006, Astral Media programmed a satellite radio channel, branded as Énergie2, for broadcast on Sirius Canada and Sirius Satellite Radio, on channel 89. This channel offered essentially the same format as the terrestrial network, and was hosted by Richard Fortin and Nicolas Wilson. However, the Énergie brand was entirely discarded in September 2010, as Sirius Canada acquired the channel, dropped the English artists and renamed it as Latitude franco.

On July 6, 2009, Astral Media and European NRJ Group announced a deal to rebrand the Énergie network as "NRJ", effective August 24. (The French pronunciations of "NRJ" and "énergie" are nearly identical.) Astral will retain full ownership of the stations.[1][2] Most, but not all, NRJ stations broadcast in the same markets as Astral's adult contemporary network RockDétente.

For the network, the Astral Media IDs usually use Astral's rock jingles from rock stations rather than Astral's jingle packages used on the contemporary hit radio stations such as CIBK-FM in Calgary or CHSU-FM in Kelowna.

Since the NRJ switch, the stations began airing bumpers saying "Pub...express" before almost every single commercial break, following the same lead as NRJ's outlets in France—it is customary for radio and television stations in France to have bumpers identifying commercial breaks before and after the breaks.

Identity of NRJ Canada[edit]

Logos[edit]

Slogans[edit]

  • Pre-2009: Monte le son
  • 2009-2011: Méchante radio (primary)
  • 2009-2011: Des hits qui arrachent (secondary)
  • 2011-2012: La radio des hits
  • 2012–Present : La radio de tous les hits

Stations[edit]

Station ID Frequency City
CHIK-FM 98.9 Quebec City
CIGB-FM 102.3 Trois-Rivières
CIKI-FM 98.7 Rimouski
CIMO-FM 106.1 Sherbrooke
CJAB-FM 94.5 Saguenay
CJDM-FM 92.1 Drummondville
CJMM-FM 99.1 Rouyn-Noranda
CJMV-FM 102.7 Val-d'Or
CKMF-FM 94.3 Montreal
CKTF-FM 104.1 Gatineau / Ottawa

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